Learning disability day opportunities

We provide day opportunities for adults with learning disabilities, from day centres that are used as a base.  People can choose from a wide range of activities that take place either in the centres or out in the community.  We have centres in the following locations:

  • Barnsley town centre
  • Dearne
  • Athersley North
  • Athersley South
  • Wombwell

There's also a special resources unit at Keresforth for people who have more complex or challenging needs. 

Our services

The activities and groups that we offer are tailored to meet the needs of the people who use day opportunities.

To apply for day opportunities, you'll need to have had an assessment.

If you're eligible, we'll work with you, and your parents or carers, to develop a package of support that's suitable for you.   This sets out how we can build on your daily living skills, enable you to get out and about in the community, and support your overall health and wellbeing.  We'll also include opportunities for you to take part in any hobbies you already enjoy doing and support you to pursue other interests you may have. 

You may want to spend part of your week with us and go to a local college.  You could use our employment and volunteering service and have a placement that you go to some days. You are able to choose how to mix and match a variety of services and support to meet your needs. 

Our service users often tell us what kind of activities they want to get involved in. We'll try to provide these wherever possible, either in our building or by helping people to access what's already available in the community.

Some of the things on offer include:

  • cookery
  • gardening
  • animal care
  • IT
  • photography and media
  • managing your money
  • exercise classes and other leisure activities
  • walking groups
  • day trips
  • volunteering with local groups and businesses

Is it for me?

We cater for adults of any age, from young people who have just made the transition from children's services and want a full programme of activities and support, through to people who are older and enjoy the social aspects of coming to our centres.   

We work with service users with varying needs, from people with mild to moderate learning disabilities, through to people who have more complex learning and physical disabilities and health issues.

Is transport provided?

We can arrange social services transport for you if you've been assessed as needing this. We'll be advised about any charges for this at the time of your assessment. 

We also provide a travel training service called Free to Go  that works with adults with learning disabilities and other groups who need some support to travel independently - either on public transport or on foot.  You can read all the details of how this works on their webpage.

How to apply

To find out if you qualify for day care or day opportunities you need an assessment.

There's a daily rate payable for our day services.  You'll need to have a financial assessment of your circumstances for us to calculate how much you'll need to pay towards the cost of this service.  If you prefer, you can pay the full daily rate. 

Contact us for an informal chat about whether this service is suitable for you, or the person you care for.  You can also arrange to visit one of our buildings, meet our staff and service users, and find out what's on offer.  Each has notice boards with photos and stories of the activities that we're involved in, written by our service users.  

Contact us

  • Dearne (01709) 896850
  • Barnsley Town Centre (01226) 787901
  • Athersley South (01226) 292008
  • Athersley North (01226) 733054
  • Wombwell (01226) 753441
  • Keresforth Special Resource Centre (01226) 7273420